Hiring an NDIS gardener will keep the outside of your home in good shape

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Hiring an NDIS gardener will keep the outside of your home in good shape

When you have a disability, intellectual or physical, being able to access home help services can make all the difference to your comfort and safety. Hiring an NDIS gardener is one option you have, to keep the outside of your home in tip top condition. Being able to pay for lawn mowing, weeding and exterior maintenance through your NDIS package makes it more affordable.

You may not have been aware that you could find these services through support worker providers. The great thing about the Mable platform is that you can browse the profiles of our Independent Support People and find someone who is ideal for your needs and who is located in your area.

We’d like to learn more about accessing home help through Mable and outline the range of services you can access for yourself or someone you are caring for.

  • Can you use NDIS funding to hire a gardener?
  • Can you use a home care package to fund gardening?
  • Do support workers provide this work or is it someone else?
  • What kind of gardening/outside maintenance tasks can be performed?
  • Price range of gardening support service (Brad’s note: variances in cities useful e.g. Sydney $35-$48, Brisbane, Melbourne etc)
  • What is covered by insurance?
  • Questions to ask a support worker before hiring.
  • How does a support worker who works with gardening vary from a regular gardener?

What can NDIS help with?

What can NDIS help with?

What can NDIS help with?

The NDIS is a federal government-funded scheme that provides financial support to people who have a disability and are assessed and approved for the program. Based on people’s individual needs, the NDIS can help pay for consumables like continence aids, mobility aids such as walking sticks and wheelchairs, modifications to the home for better accessibility and also a range of support services. These can include home help like cleaning, meal prep and laundry and extends to services that help keep the home safe and clean on the outside. Lawn mowing, edge trimming, gardening and home modifications and maintenance can all be paid for using NDIS funds.

How do I know if I’m suitable to have support from the NDIS?

The NDIS provides for Australian citizens, permanent residents and certain visa holders aged between seven and 65, and who have a significant and permanent disability. The first step in determining your eligibility is to contact the NDIA (National Disability Insurance Agency) on 1800 800 110 and make an Access Request.

 

 

Can you use NDIS funding to hire a gardener?

Yes, you can. NDIS funding is there to support disabled clients of all ages with support services that help them to reach their goals. It also helps support the carers of people who have a disability. Gardening and lawn mowing are essential services in maintaining a safe, healthy environment. Just as you need the inside of your home to be clean and tidy, the exterior of your home also needs attention.

 

 

Can you use a Home Care Package to fund gardening?

Home Care Packages refer to government funding for aged Australians whereas the NDIS is the funding for disabled Australians. While it’s true that aged clients may also be disabled, only one package will apply. Either package can be used to pay for gardening and lawn mowing services.

 

 

Do support workers provide this work or is it someone else?

Many people think that support workers only provide their services inside the home but the fact is, support workers function in many different capacities. On the Mable platform, you’ll find Independent Support People who are dedicated to gardening, lawn mowing, hedge trimming, leaf blowing and similar services. If you hire regular service providers, you may not be able to pay them out of your NDIS funding. By choosing someone who is registered as an Independent Support Person on the Mable platform, you’ll be able to put your NDIS money to good use, keeping the outside of your home tidy and well maintained.

What kind of gardening/outside maintenance tasks can be performed?

What kind of gardening/outside maintenance tasks can be performed?

What kind of gardening/outside maintenance tasks can be performed?

Keeping your yard’s grass cut and the weeds at bay is important for maintaining its condition. Throughout the year, there are many other tasks that have to be performed, especially as seasons change. Your lawn might need fertilising, your roses could need pruning and your trees may shed leaves onto your roof so that they end up in the gutters. Hiring an NDIS gardener means all of these tasks and more can be taken care of so you can relax knowing your home’s condition is in safe hands.

From basic fortnightly lawn mowing to monthly weeding and yearly fertilising, there’s always something needing to be done. Thankfully, you can access this kind of home help through your NDIS package.

Price range of gardening support service

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What is covered by insurance?

When it comes to organising someone to come and provide any kind of home help, you must make sure that they are insured. Any support worker you find on Mable will be covered by a suite of insurances including Professional Indemnity, General Liability and Personal Accident. You must remember though that coverage only applies to support sessions – including gardening and lawn mowing – that are booked and paid for through the Mable platform.

 

 

Questions to ask a support worker before hiring

When hiring an NDIS gardener, it’s important to do your due diligence and ask as many questions as you need in order to be comfortable with the support worker. We’ve put together a list of useful questions you can ask when interviewing your potential new gardener:

  • Have you worked around clients with an intellectual or physical disability before?
  • Is there anything you’re uncomfortable with regarding my particular disability/needs?
  • Are you ok with my dogs being in the yard when you’re there?
  • What kind of home help services do you offer?
  • Do you only offer lawn mowing and weeding, or do you do maintenance tasks as well?
  • Do I have to be home/do you need to see me when you come to work on my yard?
  • Do you take away all the green waste when you’ve finished each time?
  • Will it always be yourself who does the work?

 

 

How does a support worker who works with gardening vary from a regular gardener?

A support worker who provides lawn mowing and gardening services for NDIS clients is often accustomed to working for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. For some clients, there may be a need to keep noise and pollutants such as dust and chemicals to a minimum so they might be used to accommodating these kinds of requests.

Booking home help services like lawn mowing and yard maintenance through a local newspaper could mean hiring someone who is not properly insured. You can always have the peace of mind that knowing your support person from the Mable platform is fully insured, Police Checked and verified.

And don’t forget, the main way a support worker who works with gardening varies from a regular gardener is that you can pay the support worker from your NDIS money.

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Much more than just lawn mowing

When hiring an NDIS gardener, you can expect that they will offer a lot of other services besides lawn mowing. They will be obviously experienced in lawn care and gardening, but some will be able to offer more skills as well.

Cutting the grass is just the beginning. A good lawn also needs edging, weeding, fertilising, watering and sometimes even aerating. Yours might need pest control from time to time if there are grubs or other issues. Your NDIS gardener will know how to take care of all these tasks. Then there are other elements your yard might have. If you have hedges, they can be pruned and trimmed. If you have garden beds, they will need regular weeding and pruning.

Paths, driveways and wheelchair ramps can become slippery and hazardous if they are covered in moss so hiring an NDIS gardener can be a good idea to keep those items in good, safe condition. Your home’s gutters need to remain clear of leaves and other debris so water run-off works properly. Perhaps you have a pile of rubbish that needs to be taken to the dump or you have a broken gate, rickety fence or some paving that needs to be fixed. All of these are vital tasks that need attending to so you can talk to your NDIS gardener about having them done.

Get maximum value out of your NDIS package

Get maximum value out of your NDIS package

Get maximum value out of your NDIS package

When you are approved for an NDIS home care package, the government will have decided what your level of funding will be. Some people don’t always use their entire package because they worry they are using too much money but the funding is there to support your needs. Hiring an NDIS gardener is a smart way of putting it to good use.

As a Mable client, you’ll find that our fees are much lower and your NDIS money goes a lot further. You might be surprised to find that where you couldn’t afford lawn mowing and home help services before, you can through Mable.

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Hiring an NDIS gardener means family can come purely to visit

Aren’t family and friends wonderful? Always there to offer help. It’s so nice when you can count on good people to come over and do a bit of lawn mowing, pull some weeds and so on, but wouldn’t it be better if they could come just to visit? Paying for home help through your NDIS package means when friends and family come over, they can forget the work boots and instead, sit and enjoy a chat with you. You could even invite them over to see how beautiful your yard is looking.

 

 

Real life examples

Here are some examples of how clients who use the Mable platform are getting their lawn mowing and other yard care tasks done through their NDIS package:

  • Jason loves trimming the hedges along the driveway himself but being in a wheelchair means he needs someone to do the lawn mowing for him. His support person from Mable cuts the grass and takes away all the green waste every two weeks.
  • Paula’s daughter Sarah has an intellectual disability and loud noises like lawnmowers, edge trimmers and leaf blowers frighten her. Their support person they found on the Mable platform always checks a few hours before arrival that Sarah will be on an outing when he arrives.
  • Cameron had a fall on the concrete leading to his clothesline because weeds had grown over it. His first gardening session through Mable has now led to him getting his support worker in once a fortnight for lawn mowing and once every couple of months to control weeds.
  • Since Cheryl moved into her townhouse, the packing boxes had been stacked in the courtyard, gradually decomposing. Thanks to her NDIS package, she was able to enlist the help of a support person from Mable to do a rubbish run and he has also since helped with a damaged downpipe and unblocked the storm water drain.
  • Denise is the carer for her Uncle Dave who used to enjoy gardening until he acquired his disability. Denise arranged for a home help support person to bring the garden back to life and now he comes regularly. Dave gets to be out in the fresh air for a chat and some company.

It’s stories like these that drive home the fact that the outside of your home is every bit as important as the inside. Keeping your yard well maintained keeps you safe and healthy and helps to prevent the need for costly repairs to your property.

 

 

Mable is people you can count on

Because all the support people on the Mable platform are independent business owners, they are reliable and they want your business. Anyone providing home help to clients with a disability should be understanding of their individual needs and always show up when they say they will.

Clients who find their support people through the Mable platform know that they can count on several layers of protection. All support people are fully insured, police checked and their references are verified. You can even read reviews that other clients have left on the support people’s profiles so when you want to choose someone for lawn mowing, gardening or home maintenance, you’ll know who’s right for the job.

Register on Mable now for free to connect with Independent Support People who are waiting to offer their lawn mowing and yard maintenance services in your area.